Somerset march on

"Gee, who would have thought that Somerset would advance as the top ranked team going into this year’s Champions League Twenty20? Starting the tournament as serious underdogs, without some of our big guns in Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter, and young gun Jos Buttler was always going to make this a tough proposition. But here I am lying flat on my back staring at the ceiling trying to digest what was the most exhilarating cricketing experience I’ve ever had! We've just beaten the Kolkata Knight riders in their own backyard, with thousands of screaming fans going ballistic when any one of their players did anything at all, even as simple as hitting a single down the ground. There I was standing on this field and behind me was an amazing throng of keyed up supporters screaming my name, taking pictures and chanting for a 'wave'. I can probably speak for most of us in saying that it stands as one of the better victories I've ever been involved in. Letting go in that change room having won (and gone to the top of the table), soaking up a few excited laughs and a beer with the guys watching Pete Trego and Alfonso Thomas collect their awards was a satisfying moment.

MaturityL For Pete it was no doubt one of his best innings ever. He played with freedom and real explosive talent at times, but what was perhaps the most important attribute of his innings was the maturity he displayed, the way he held things together. I have to be honest, playing against some of my childhood heroes, in particular Jacques Kallis, was a monumental occasion. And to face one of the fastest and best fast bowlers of the last decade in Brett Lee was pretty cool to say the least. Tomorrow will be a well-earned day off, a time to reflect on things done correctly, and most importantly to get our heads around the fact that we have some even bigger games coming up. For now more sleep and time to let the adrenalin subside!"

Published 23 September 2011